Can Curcumin Turmeric help fight Arthritis?
Posted on September 10, 2013
There is a tremendous amount of hype and misinformation on the Internet about dietary supplements.
How does one decide what to take?
And, will it work for my condition?
At WisdomAndHealth , we avoid the hype and perform our own literature research. Only then do we feel comfortable (or not) placing a product in our store.
In this article, we discuss curcumin turmeric, with a special emphasis on its use in arthritis.
Now we've talked about curcumin turmeric before, and we carry a great brand of this spice extract in our store.
But can it help with various forms of arthritis?
This is the question we will address in this article. We performed our own literature search focused on curcumin turmeric and arthritis, and we share our findings with you here.
For those of you who are chemically inclined, the structure of curcumin is shown here.
It's a beautiful molecule, with a mustardy-yellow color when in powder form.
For centuries, curcumin has been used as a food ingredient in curries, and as a food coloring agent.
Curcumin Turmeric Fights Disease
A number of animal studies have suggested that curcumin may work against many diseases, such as cancer, Alzhimer's diseases, and arthritis.
One key common element amongst these diseases is inflammation.
We've discussed inflammation in the past here. In fact, curcumin is known to block many of the targets that are involved in the inflammatory process, such as interleukins, TNF-alpha, COX-2 (the same target as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescription drugs), and many others.
Cutting right to the chase, a literature review performed at the Oregon Health and Science University concluded:
Limited evidence suggests that turmeric and its active compound, curcumin, are effective for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions...
A study in 107 patients with osteoarthritis compared curcumin with ibuprofen 800 mg/day, a relatively high dose of ibuprofen.
This study concluded that curcumin "seem to be similarly efficacious and safe as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis."
Other studies have looked at curcumin in other inflammatory conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Now it might appear at first blush that IBD and arthritis are completely unrelated, but the reality is that they are both inflammatory conditions, which is why there is so much interest in using curcumin in inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
So, if you are suffering from arthritis, arthritis pain, or other disease associated with inflammation, check out curcumin turmeric. You'll be pleased you did!